Essler family history 4 results

Charley Jones, Born October 15th

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It’s quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week. Week four is "closest to your birthday."   Discovering an ancestor who has a birthday close to mine usually causes me to think a bit more about how life would have been for that person. I'm not really sure why, but it becomes ...

52 Ancestors #19: Adaline Isabell LeMaitre

It’s hard to know where to begin my family history story about Adaline Isabell LeMaitre. Belle is my paternal 2nd great grandmother. Her portrait has hung on the wall of my parents’ home my entire life. I used to stand in front of it in awe of her beauty. She reminds me of a pioneer woman, strong and feminine at the same time. Belle was born on August 12, 1866 to Joseph (1831-1870) and Veronique (1829-1883) LeMaitre in Hutchinson, Minnesota. She was the fifth of seven children born to ...

52 Ancestors #9: Divorce drama of Charles D. Essler

At the end of the hallway at my parent's house hang portraits of my dad's great-grandmother, Isabelle LeMaitre, and her 2nd husband, Walter Seaver. Notice I didn't say my dad's great-grandparents. Walter, although loved by Isabelle, wasn't our blood relation. Of her three husbands, she loved him best. My dad's great-grandfather, Charles Daniel Essler, was Isabelle's first husband. She married him at 17. They divorced when she was 34. She was left with four children between the ages of 3 and ...

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #6 Marion Veronica Essler

One thing I find most frustrating about being relatively young and tracing family history is that I don't hold much of the actual history in my own memory.  Someday I will, I suppose.  Now, however, I rely a lot on older relatives and old books that have bits and pieces of the puzzle. Unfortunately, I'm at the age where I'm missing some of those key story tellers.  Why don't we ever think to write things down when we have the chance? It's always after we've lost someone that we ...